Friday, November 23, 2012

10 Ancient Wonders As You Have Never Seen Them

10 Ancient Wonders As You Have Never Seen Them:
There were originally seven wonders of the ancient world but now only one remains. Fortunately there are some very good replicas around the world or other objects based on the originals so we can actually get a real life look at what most of them would have looked like. In looking at these pictures it certainly becomes clear why they were considered the great wonders of the world. Because the original list was of seven wonders I have added an additional three – one from Rome, one that was originally on the list but got removed, and one from Ethiopia (which is still standing).


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Great Pyramid of Giza
2584–2561 BC – Present Day

This is the only one of the original seven wonders still standing. And while you can visit today to see it – you can’t see it as it was originally built. The entire pyramid was clad on the outside with highly polished white limestone tiles. The pyramid would have glistened in the harsh Egyptian sun. Unfortunately in 1300 an earthquake loosened the majority of the tiles and they were consequently taken away to build mosques.


Thursday, November 8, 2012

Youth vote decides presidential election – again. Is this the new normal?

Youth vote decides presidential election – again. Is this the new normal?:
The youth vote proved decisive in Tuesday's presidential election, just as it did in 2008. But this year, it was a far greater surprise.

Obama hugs Michelle, and makes Facebook history - AFP

Obama hugs Michelle, and makes Facebook history - AFP:

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Obama’s victory brings joy, hope

Obama’s victory brings joy, hope: Distant supporters: Indonesians attending an event organized by the US Embassy in Jakarta to watch the returns of the US election burst into cheers after media declared that Barack Obama had secured ...

Guest Post: What An Obama Victory Means For The Middle East

Guest Post: What An Obama Victory Means For The Middle East: Submitted by Claude Salhani of OilPrice.com, Memo to the Arab World: Good news and bad news with the re-election of Barack Obama to the White House. (Read more…) The good news is that a victory by the Republican candidate Mitt Romney would have given Israel and its current leadership a free hand at continuing a [...]

Fifth annual global forum on democracy opens in Bali

Fifth annual global forum on democracy opens in Bali: The fifth edition of the annual Bali Democracy Forum opens Thursday to discuss the promotion of democratic principles and values at the global level after four years of exploring and identifying ...